Leica 50mm Summilux-SL f/1.4 ASPH. review

The SL 50mm Summilux is a dream to use, but you need big muscles to use it every day, and a big checkbook to secure it!

Leica 50mm Summilux-SL f/1.4 ASPH
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Digital Camera World Verdict

While I'm a lover of the 50mm focal length and use it a lot in my own work the sheer size and weight of the Leica 50mm Summilux-SL f1.4 ASPH. could put a lot of people off, but if you are willing to carry the weight and build up the muscles, you're going to have one of the best mirrorless lenses in your camera bag - and it will all be worth it! However, while it produces images that are as sharp as a razor, you can't ignore the sheer size when compared to other SL prime lenses and its font heaviness when paired up with a Leica SL body without a battery grip - the saying "no pain, no gain" comes to mind as you will clearly notice this camera and lens combo hanging off your neck, but if you're willing to take the load for your art, you have a winning combination that you can use for any situation.


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    Outstanding build quality

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    Image quality out of this world


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    Extremely heavy

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    Lager than all Sl Primes

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    Very expensive

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The Leica Summilux-SL 50mm f/1.4 ASPH is probably the heaviest prime lens within the SL range, when laying my eyes on this amazing lens my first thought was, why is that so big and heavy for a 50mm? - especially when you compare it to the compact and perfectly balanced Lecia APO Summicron-SL 28mm f/2 ASPH. 


Mount: Leica L-mount
Lens design:  11 Elements in 9 Groups
Maximum aperture: f/1.4
Minimum aperture: f/22
Angle of view:  47.9°
Minimum focusing distance: 1.97' / 60 cm
Maximum reproduction ratio:  0.1x
Filter size:  82 mm
Dimensions: 3.46 x 4.88" / 88 x 124 mm
Weight:  2.34 lb / 1065 g

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Sebastian Oakley
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For nearly two decades Sebastian's work has been published internationally. Originally specializing in Equestrianism, his visuals have been used by the leading names in the equestrian industry such as The Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), The Jockey Club, Horse & Hound, and many more for various advertising campaigns, books, and pre/post-event highlights.

He is a Fellow of The Royal Society of Arts, holds a Foundation Degree in Equitation Science, and is a Master of Arts in Publishing.  He is a member of Nikon NPS and has been a Nikon user since the film days using a Nikon F5 and saw the digital transition with Nikon's D series cameras and is still to this day the youngest member to be elected into BEWA, The British Equestrian Writers' Association. 

He is familiar with and shows great interest in street, medium, and large format photography with products by Leica, Phase One, Hasselblad, Alpa, and Sinar. Sebastian has also used many cinema cameras from the likes of Sony, RED, ARRI, and everything in between. He now spends his spare time using his trusted Leica M-E or Leica M2 shooting Street photography or general life as he sees it, usually in Black and White.